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Product Details

  • Actors: Karen Voight
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertaining Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WCN8T6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Flexibility is an essential but often overlooked component of total fitness. This safe and gentle approach to stretching makes it easy for you to get limber and release tension that accumulates in your muscles and joints.

If you are very stiff or new to stretching, Karen offers you comfortable ways to position your body with modifications to accommodate your fitness level.

Practice this 40-minute routine with consistency and patience and you'll quickly see your body respond with improved posture and a long, leaner appearance.

WORKOUT TYPE: STREAMLINE


- Maximizes flexibility
- Strengthen your heart and improve stamina
- Relaxes and rejuvenates

Customer Reviews

Using Pure and Simple Stretch is one of the ways I unwind at the end of a day.
Rebecca of Amazon
This is a great dvd for those days when you don't want to exercise hard out, or for when you have done a hard workout and need a good all over stretch routine.
Jeannieg
This stretch DVD would make an excellent to your flexibility/range of motion training program.
R. Friederich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Teedums on April 10, 2005
Format: DVD
This is one of the best stretching videos out there, it is very calming and will stretch you from head to toe.

This is one of Karen's earlier videos from 1991, you will see a much more serious Karen than in her more recent videos. I don't think she smiles once in the video, but for me it doesn't take away from a great stretching routine. The entire routine is 40 minutes, starting out with a 10 minute standing routine, then 30 minutes of floor stretching. All the stretches are held for 20-30 seconds, and Karen offers a lot of details and helpful tips for each stretch and also giving options to for deeper stretches. A towel is used to aid stretching for those less flexible. Karen has 3 exercisers with her, one of them is a man who is good to
watch for those with limited flexibility. Those looking for yoga should look elsewhere as this is athletic type stretching. But if you are looking for a relaxing stretch video, this is a good one. The music is new agey/jazz type music which suits the atmosphere well.

The DVD also offers some of Karen's walking tips, you will see a more recent Karen in this segment. There are also clips of some of her other videos featured as well.
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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The biggest problem I always had with all the stretch tapes I tried before is that none of them let you stretch long enough to get real benefit of stretching. Everbody seemed so busy to move onto the next position. It sometimes made me even wonder if those advanced exercisers really could stretch muscles in 3 seconds. But I COULD stretch and feel it with this tape. Every stretch is about 20-30 seconds long and this makes you feel really refreshed after done as well as you can learn which part of your body is better or worse. The other thing I love about this tape is that it is very easy to do. Karen doesn't frustrate me with unattainable range of motion or positions. Her cueing is excellent, her comments on how you should visualize or feel when doing certain stretches are very very helpful. I hope she will make another tape like this soon.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Exercise Sloth on March 11, 2005
Format: DVD
This is the transferred-to-DVD version of Karen's classic Pure and Simple Stretch video and it shows in the less-than-smooth transitions between the stretching chapters. The costumes and hairstyles are dated, so if that sort of thing bothers you, stay away. Karen's pinky-lavender and bright blue ensemble is a good reminder of why the 80s haven't come back--yet. The cover design is the same as it always was.

There are two stretching sections, one standing (10 minutes) and one on the floor (30 minutes). You can do them in one continuous 40 minute program or do them separately. The stretches flow smoothly from one to the next and are held a good, long time, much longer than in most stretching videos. Karen's very serious demeanor isn't everyone's cup of tea, but her cueing is excellent; after you've done the routine once or twice, you can do it without watching, just listening, and she gives tips for proper form right at the places where you need them. All you need to do the stretches is a mat (if you want one), and one or two folded towels for the floor stretches.

There are two women and a man doing the stretches with her. Karen gives different levels of some of the stretches, encouraging you to do what is comfortable for you and stop when something pulls or hurts. Unlike in many videos/DVDs, the others are not demonstrating the different levels of stretching, with one doing beginner and one intermediate and so on; all three just stretch along with her, doing what seems comfortable for them. There is NO chit chat at all on this DVD; Karen is all business and the others never open their mouths.

The music is New Age (if you like New Age, you will recongize some of the names)and is relaxing and unobtrusive; the set is plain.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ttne9973@aol.com on September 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Have been looking for videos on stretching. When I found this one I gave it a chance. Found it very relaxing. Helped me realize just how stiff I had become. Have been going to doctors about pain in my back and feet. The pain I was experiencing was from some form of numbness. This video has a shown me that my problem lied in how stiff I had become from sitting in a chair all day at work and then at home. The only draw back is that there is not a more advanced tape once I have mastered this one, and I do want to progress. 39 year old male.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
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I am overweight, middle-aged, and out of shape. I was seriously injured in an automobile accident. After ten years of little improvement from standard therapies, I started doing this tape. Results were very quick. After two or three years, I have noticed considerable improvements in all sorts of areas, not just the back/neck problems I started using it for. My balance has improved, and twisted ankles are a thing of the past. This tape is the best I have found of any kind, any where. Soothing music, good timing, good instruction, high production values -- Karen Voight has my heartfelt thanks.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I've been using this video every night before bed for about three weeks. The first time I tried it, I felt as if my shoulders had dropped about a foot from the release of tension. I have never been a naturally flexible person, so I have been surprised and pleased at how much of a difference I can see already, plus I am always nice and relaxed when I ooze off to bed.
The video is very direct; the camera positions rarely change and the stretches are always shown very clearly. Karen explains anything that might not be visible; after you've done the video once or twice, you can do it without watching, just by following her cues.
Karen is a serious, straightforward instructor; her cueing is excellent, which is important to me, as you can really hurt yourself just doing stretches if you don't do them correctly. Her voice is quiet and rather flat throughout, which suits me fine for a stretch video; I want to relax and focus on myself. If you like bubbly types, this is probably not the video for you. There are long sections of near-silence, with just the music playing softly. When Karen does speak, she is direct and on point, offering either a new instruction or some pertinent advice.
The stretches themselves are rather basic, but they are choreographed very well. One stretch flows into another easily as she hits all the major muscle groups. The stretches are held for a full 10-20 seconds, sometimes more, which often isn't the case with stretching videos. One thing I really appreciate is that Karen and the others in the video are still when they hold the stretches.
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